British Columbia's government has yet to announce a final decision on the Site C hydroelectric dam, but BC Hydro has informed officials in the Peace River Valley that construction could begin in 90 days.
The e-mail from the project's senior environmental co-ordinator was sent out Friday to area municipal and aboriginal officials.
Hudson's Hope Mayor Gwen Johansson says the e-mail calls into question the repeat assurances from Energy Minister Bill Bennett that the provincial government has not made a final investment decision.
The Crown agency must inform aboriginal and municipal agencies 90 days prior to the start of construction and BC Hydro says work will begin in January – subject to the final decision of cabinet to be announced by the end of the year.
The $7.9-billion Site C dam would provide enough energy to power the equivalent of about 450,000 homes a year, but it would also flood 55 square kilometres of river valley.
The project received federal and provincial environmental approval earlier this month.
A report from a joint review panel released Thursday urged provincial and federal governments to consider 50 recommendations if they decide to proceed with the Site C hydroelectric megaproject on the Peace River in northern B.C.
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